Lake Martin


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Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 5/24/2016 10:03:00 PM

Mrs. Cheryl Ann Matheny, 60, of Opelika, Alabama, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016, in Alexander City, Alabama. She was born March 11, 1956, to Carl and Sarah Ann Reynolds Matheny in Columbus, Georgia. Upon graduation for Notasugla High School

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A Winner has Been Selected for our Harley-Davidson Give-A-Way

Date: 5/23/2016 10:14:00 AM

The first key was the winner and our winner’s qualified through the Alabama News Network. Our winner was Jane Turnham from Lake Martin. Congratulations to Jane and all the other qualifiers. Turnham qualified by watching Alabama News Network on CBS 8

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Willie Mae Fuller credits hard work in turning 100

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/23/2016 8:05:00 AM

There was just a little creek down where the River Bridge is. Now look at what Lake Martin is. It’s really something.” Imagine that, the lake that we all take for granted was 10 years from being created when Fuller was born. Lake Martin is celebrating

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Jazz Fest 2016 art contest winner revealed

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/20/2016 7:25:00 AM

The art will be reproduced on posters and advertisements to be displayed around Lake Martin in the days leading up to Jazz Fest. It will also appear on the official 2016 Jazz Fest t-shirts. O’Connell hails from Johnson City, New York, but has lived in

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Summer on Main is June 4

The Randolph Leader

Date: 5/18/2016 9:12:00 AM

They welcome the public to help them celebrate the revitalization of another historic landmark. Tallapoosa River Clean Water Partnership will do electronics recycling on the paved lot at the corner of White and Trammell streets, behind the museum

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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